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Man accused of raping aunt (74)

THE trial of a man accused of raping and sexually assaulting his 74-year-old aunt in her Co Louth home has continued in legal argument.

The accused, who cannot be named for legal reasons, pleaded not guilty at the Central Criminal Court to two charges of rape, one of anal rape, sexual assault and sexual assault while armed with a knife on March 13, 2011. The trial is expected to resume before Mr Justice Garrett Sheehan and a jury of six men and six women later today.

SINGER IN HITMAN CLAIM BAILED

A HEAVY metal singer accused of trying to hire someone to kill his estranged wife has been released from jail after posting $2m (€1.5m) bail.

Tim Lambesis, frontman for Grammy-winning band As I Lay Dying, was released from jail yesterday.

Prosecutors say Lambesis, paid $1,000 (€769) to an undercover detective posing as a hit man.

He has pleaded not guilty to solicitation for murder.

60PC REOFFEND WITHIN 3 YEARS

Six out of 10 convicted criminals re-offend within three years of being released from prison, figures show.

Men under the age 21 were most likely to commit another crime, with two thirds of them caught within six months of being freed.

The Central Statistics Office found of 7,701 people released from jail in 2007, some 4,795 committed a new crime by the end of 2010.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter said real change must be brought in to criminals' lives to stop them re-offending.

HINDU TEMPLE 'SET ON FIRE'

POLICE are investigating a suspected arson attack on a Hindu temple in London.

Officers were called following reports of a fire at the Adhya Shakti Mataji Temple in Hillingdon shortly after midnight on Tuesday.

Firefighters had managed to extinguish the fire which had caused significant damage to a temporary building positioned close to the temple.

The blaze is being treated as suspicious after traces of an accelerant, believed to be petrol, were discovered at the scene.


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